$3 million luxury fixed base operation planned for Springs airport

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Million Air is bringing their luxury service to private jets.

The red carpet treatment will soon be available for those flying private aircraft into Colorado Springs.

A Houston-based company owned by Scott Monroe has chosen the city for its newest fixed base operation franchise. The $3 million facility will be located on the west side of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.

Monroe has applied to brand the FBO as a Million Air Corp. franchise. Million Air franchisees provide private planes with maintenance, fuel, hangar storage, limousine and concierge services, among other things.

The company is known for its upscale service in the executive jet business, operating 37 franchises across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean and Europe.

The franchise concept came from Mary Kay cosmetic owners Mary Kay Rogers and son Richard Rogers.

Richard wanted to produce an upscale FBO experience with a focus on customer service and luxury surroundings for his friends and associates in Dallas. The concept was so popular the he began receiving inquiries from other FBO’s as to how they could become a Million Air.

The Colorado Springs operation will have the state’s only covered canopy for planes as large as a 12-passenger G-550 Gulfstream jet.

The new facility is good news for southern Colorado since it will help generate more landings and new revenue for local businesses. The city is well-situated between the east and west coasts with far less air traffic than Denver International Airport.

John Faulkner, the airport’s assistant aviation director, said final land lease negotiations are under way.

The facility will include two buildings consisting of more than 35,000 square feet, an adjacent vehicle parking lot and air path parking.

Under the terms of an Airport land lease, if and when private owners decide to move or close down operation, all buildings on the property revert to the Airport.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and will be completed during 2008, Janitell said.